Written by: Khalif Thompson
As the world still vividly and traumatically remembers, Chris Brown, an R&B singer, violently attacked his ex-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.
Graphic images of the incident circulated online, creating a horrible picture of domestic abuse and demonstrating that no one, regardless of position, is immune to a toxic relationship.
Rihanna has moved on with A$AP Rocky, and the couple is expecting their first child any day now. But Rocky hasn't forgotten the abuse Rihanna endured at the hands of her ex-boyfriend.
He makes a subliminal reference to Brown in his current hit "D.M.B. (Das Mah Bitch)," saying, "I don't beat my bitch, I need my bitch."
In a documentary named Chris Brown: Welcome To My Life, Chris Brown goes into explicit detail about the night he beat Rihanna in 2017. He met Rihanna backstage at a New York event when he was 15 years old, and their relationship quickly bloomed into a "fairytale," he added.
Rihanna has forgiven Brown for the attack for a long time. Oprah Winfrey chose to re-release a 2012 interview with Rihanna for an edition of her Supersoul Conversations podcast in 2020, in which Rihanna spoke up about their particular friendship.
“We’ve been working on our friendship again,” she said. “Now we’re very very close friends. We’ve built up a trust again, and that’s — we love each other and we probably always will. And that’s not something we’re ever going to change. That’s not something you can shut off, if you’ve ever been in love.”
She continued, “I think he was the love of my life. He was the first love. And I see that he loved me the same way… it’s not even about us being together. I truly love him. So the main thing for me is that he’s at peace. I’m not at peace if he’s a little unhappy, or he’s still lonely.”